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Week in pictures: BMW brings up baby

  • BMW follows 4 with 2

    Just months removed from adding the 4 Series to its model line, BMW released details on its coming 2 Series. The new line – which initially will only consist of a coupe – is based on the second-generation 1 Series hatchback sold in Europe. The 2 replaces the 1 Series of coupes and convertibles currently sold in North America. Powertrains at launch include a 2-litre 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 3-litre in-line six generating 322hp, with diesel engines available in non-US markets. Pricing begins at $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the range-topping M235i. (Photo: BMW Group)

  • Range Rover Hybrids retrace Silk Route

    Months before production versions arrive in European showrooms, three Range Rover Hybrid prototypes completed a 10,500-mile drive from England to India via sections of the ancient Silk Route. The hybrids began their journey in Land Rover’s ancestral home of Solihull, England, and finished in corporate parent Tata Group’s base of Mumbai. Land Rover’s first production hybrids employ 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engines and 35-kilowatt electric motors. There are no plans to sell the vehicles in North America. (Photo: Mike Kus/Jaguar Land Rover)

  • Elon Musk makes deep dive for Bond Lotus

    The irrepressible chief executive and co-founder of Tesla Motors revealed that he was the heretofore anonymous purchaser of the Lotus Esprit-based submarine featured in the 1976 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The car commanded a final price of £616,000 ($990,000) when it was auctioned in September by Ontario-based RM Auctions. Musk said in a statement that he intended to convert the non-functioning Lotus into a working amphibious vehicle, based around an electric powertrain sourced from Tesla. (Photo: Tim Scott/RM Auctions)

  • Tom Cruise tapped to portray racing legend

    Via the entertainment website TheWrap.com, Variety reports that Tom Cruise is in talks to portray Carroll Shelby, the American racer, sports car developer and entrepreneur who died in 2012, in a coming adaptation of the book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. The story revolves around Shelby’s efforts to defeat Ferrari – the dominant endurance-racing force in the 1960s – with the purpose-built Ford GT40 racecar. The GT40 went on on to win the Le Mans 24 Hours four times before the decade’s conclusion. Cruise portrayed a stock-car driver in the 1990 film Days of Thunder. (Photo: Rusty Jarrett/Getty)

  • A McLaren for £1,077?

    Hertz UK has added the $250,000 McLaren MP4-12C to its fleet, with an average daily hire rate of £1,077 ($1,750). The British supercar, which has been on the global market for nearly three years, heralded a return of McLaren Automotive to building supercars from the ground up. Hertz is not the only major car-hire agency to offer ultra high-performance vehicles to the public, with Avis and Enterprise among the other notables. (Photo: McLaren Automotive)

  • Hyundai previews next-gen Genesis

    Journalists at the brand’s corporate base in Seoul, South Korea, received a preview of the coming luxury sedan. The second generation of the Genesis will be sold as a 2015 model and is expected to make its formal debut in January at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Drawing lines from the HCD-14 Concept previewed in Detroit earlier this year, the new Genesis is expected to retain its rear-wheel-drive architecture and a choice between V6 and V8 engines. Hyundai did not expand on product plans for the Genesis Coupe, a rear-drive sports car targeted at the Nissan Z and Ford Mustang. (Photo: Hyundai Motor America)

  • Volkswagen inaugurates 16th plant in China

    With its joint partner SAIC, Volkswagen (VW) opened a plant with annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles in the southeastern China city of Ningbo. VW is pursuing a strategy to be the largest automaker in the world by sales volume by 2018 – a position currently held by Toyota – and perceives the Chinese market as the linchpin of that strategy. (Photo: Volkswagen Group, via Newspress)